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Home Care Program

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Families with children who are medically fragile and technology-dependent or who require in-home shift nursing may be eligible for support to care for your child at home.

The Home Care Program partners with families to help care for children who need shift nursing at home. The program helps these children live at home with community supports, rather than in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.

The Division of Specialized Care for Children operates this program on behalf of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS).

The Home Care Program offers care coordination and some of the other areas of support listed in the How We Help section of our website.

For families currently enrolled in the Home Care Program, you can find important information, tip sheets, reminders and more in our Home Care Information Hub. The hub also links to NurseNet, an online tool to help Home Care Program families connect with home health nurses in their area.

We also have a Home Care Family Outreach Associate on our team. This team member can offer support, connection and empowerment for DSCC families caring for loved ones with complex medical needs

If you believe your child may be eligible for Home Care, our enrollment team will work with you to gather the information necessary to complete HFS’ application packet.

Call us at (800) 322-3722 or send us an email to learn more.